Moving OOG cargo successfully is not an easy task since the huge dimensions of the shipments may complicate the whole logistics operation. That is why, plannification becomes extremely important when aiming to optimize the transportation of OOG cargo. We list below some tips for you to consider when handling this kind of freight.
Obtain the permits in advance
Some of the adversities you might find when transporting out of gauge cargo include obtaining the special permits from the authorities. Not only there is a lack of standardization of the global logistics rules, meaning that every country has its own standards, but freight forwarders might also encounter restrictions in the OOG shipment transportation regarding the time and the methods of moving the shipment. For example, in some cities, you are forbidden to ship OOG cargo during night time due to security concerns, in others, you are not allowed to move the OOG cargo in important streets or during the busy hours of the day. Obtaining all the required permission in advance will guarantee you move your cargo without a hitch.
Accurate information about the cargo
Knowing the accurate information about the cargo you are about to move will facilitate your preparation to handle the freight. The more you know about its dimensions, size and weight, the more careful and well-prepared your planning to load and discharge the shipment will be. Additionally, it will be easier for you to anticipate possible setbacks. All these details should be also availabe for your suppliers, your team and all the people involved in this shipment transportation. Having an accurate number is crucial for obtaining special permissions for the type and size of the shipment.
Choose a reliable partner
An essential step in the movement of OOG cargo is to choose a trustworthy partner. In order to do so, freight forwarders need to be very careful when selecting a proper reputed and experienced logistics company, since it will have to ensure the safety and conditions of the OOG cargo.
In this step, the forwarding company should prepare a foolproof strategy about the methods which are going to be used to load and discharge the shipment beforehand. The oversized cargoes generally require special loading equipment such as mobile cranes, ramps, rails or other self-propelled vehicle, but of course, it will depend on the kind of shipment which is being moved, since the methods will vary from one OOG to the other. Some times, special OOG shipments may require technical drawings and in this case, having a 3D computer model of the shipment can come extremely handy for all the people involved in the movement.
Arrange for extra manpower if required
At times when you’re handling a massive cargo, the airport manpower isn’t enough for handling the situation, it is important not to have any objection in recruiting more employees when needed. The most important thing is to guaranteee the OOG movement is executed flawlessly.